EN - In Where The Poppies Blow we see a lapse of 100 years symbolised by the growth of poppies, from World War 1 to the drones of ‘modern warfare’.

NL - In Where The Poppies Blow zien we een verloop van 100 jaar gesymboliseerd door de groei van papavers. We beginnen bij een tafereel van WOI waarna we de groei van de papaver (of poppie) volgen om tenslotte in te zoomen op een voorbijvliegende drone. Door middel van de papaver slaan we de brug tussen de Eerste Wereldoorlog en ‘moderne oorlogsvoering’.


Title Where The Poppies Blow
Original title Where The Poppies Blow
Original language no dialogues
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Animation
Genre one-minute animated short
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-05-14


Photography Michael Palmaers, Frederik Palmaers
Editing Michael Palmaers, Frederik Palmaers
Sound Patrick Hubart
Music The Great War 1914-1918

Technical specs

Running time film 1'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 3D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Flemish Literature Fund (FLF), Kinepolis, Canvas


2014: Short Film Corner - Cannes Film Festival (FR), Annecy International Animated Film Festival (FR)

Montreal World Film Fest takes Flanders’ treatment

The Montreal World Film Festival has picked up The Treatment by Hans Herbots for its 38th edition, taking place from August 21-September 1. Herbots’s psychological thriller will have its international premiere in the festival’s Focus on World Cinema section. In addition, Sahim Omar Kalifa will present his latest short film Bad Hunter in Official Competition. Kevin Meul’s short Cadet and the animation project 12 Minutes About Peace, a collection of 12 one-minute shorts commemorating WWI, are also set to screen in Montreal.

Bad HunterThe Treatment stars Geert Van Rampelberg as police inspector Nick Cafmeyer, a man who seems to have it all. Yet a dark shadow hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the disappearance of his younger brother.

Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Flanders Declares War on Annecy

To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I – much of whose catastrophic trench warfare was waged across Flanders fields – a new collection of a dozen ultra-short films, 12 Minutes About Peace, is released theatrically by Belgium’s Kinepolis cinema chain and will be broadcast on Flemish TV channel VRT. Six of the films, meanwhile, will receive their international premiere at the Annecy International Animation Festival (9-14 June) in France.

Daddy Went. Daddy DidThe six selected for Annecy are A Battle for Peace by Joost Jansen; Daddy Went. Daddy Did by Joost Jansen and Thomas Ceulemans; Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s Otto; FYI by Wendy Morris; Silvia Defrance’s Letter from a Soldier and Where The Poppies Blow by Michael Palmaers.

Published on Friday 16 May 2014

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Director Michael Palmaers, Frederik Palmaers
Producers Eric Goossens, Anton Roebben
Writers Frederik Palmaers

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